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CYANOMONITORING

PROFESSIONALS AND TRAINED
CITIZEN SCIENTISTS MONITORING
SURFACE WATERS FOR CYANOBACTERIA

Monitoring cyanobacteria in surface waters to determine the environmental factors that cause blooms

WHAT IS CYANOMONITORING?

Our cyanoMontoring program goes beyond cyanobacteria bloom events to monitor cyanobacteria populations over time. A long-term systematic approach to understanding how cyanobacteria respond to environmental conditions is the best way to learn how and why problems may occur.

The cyanoMonitoring approach involves the periodic collection of water using an integrated tube sampling device. This water is run through a fluorometer to determine the amount of chlorophyll (found in all phytoplankton) and phycocyanin (found commonly in cyanobacteria).

Observing chlorophyll and phycocyanin patterns over time provides details about cyanobacteria populations change throughout the year. If we can understand how cyanobacteria populations vary with water conditions, it may be possible to predict the appearance of blooms.

HOW DOES CYANOMONITORING WORK?

This method information below pertains to cyanoScope and NOT the cyanoMonitoring program. This section will be updated shortly with relevant information. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Collect samples for cyanoScope with a net tow

Collect cyanobacteria

1) collect cyanobacteria with a net tow, 2) prepare your microscope slides, 3) identify the dominant cyanobacteria in your sample

For information on training and equipment write to:

info@cyanoscope.org

For help identifying the cyanobacteria in your sample:

The ``Dirty Dozen`` cyanos
Identify cyanobacteria

Submit your images

1) take pictures of the dominant cyanobacteria in your sample, 2) upload the images and relevant info on iNaturalist.org

NOTE: Be sure include basic information about where and when the sample was collected.
NOTE: If not sure what cyanobacteria you have, that’s fine! Go ahead and upload your image.

To submit your images, sign in or register at:

cyanoScope on iNaturalist.org
Interact on cyanoScope

Interact online

1) the iNaturalist community can help confirm the identity of cyanobacteria, 2) you can view and comment on images submitted by others, 3) everyone can explore patterns of the appearance of cyanobacteria

To view and comment on images, sign in or register at:

cyanoScope on iNaturalist.org

WHEN AND WHERE ARE CYANOBACTERIA FOUND?

Click here to explore measurements collected by cyanoMonitoring efforts on our data explorer webpage

CYANOMONITORING NEWS & CONTACTS

Learn about the Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative

main webpage

Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative Lead

Hilary Snook
US EPA Region I

snook.hilary@epa.gov

Data & Analysis

Jeff Holister
US EPA Office of Research and Development

hollister.jeff@epa.gov

Get in touch with the Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative

contacts & listserv

Read the latest CYANOMONITORING NEWS BELOW or check out all cyanoMonitoring stories